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Infrastructure Resilience - John Tesh, United Kingdom

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Presentation made by John Tesh, former Head of UK Resilience Capabilities, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom, at the Symposium on Governance of Infrastructure held at the OECD, Paris, on 29 February 2016

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Infrastructure Resilience - John Tesh, United Kingdom

  1. 1. Infrastructure Resilience John Tesh CBE Former Head of UK Resilience Capabilities Cabinet Office
  2. 2. National Infrastructure
  3. 3. FINANCE SUMMARY: The financial sector has been able to secure appropriate levels of resilience to the threats and hazards it faces, reflecting a mature approach to resilience and ongoing investment by firms. The sector, like many sectors, is vulnerable to significant disruption to other essential services, particularly energy and telecoms, and there is inevitably a limit to how far vulnerability to the most severe events can be reduced. Assessment of Existing Resilience Major risks to the sector include disruption to energy and communications networks, and damage to or destruction of key IT systems and networks. To lessen the impact of electricity and telecoms disruption firms have, for example: • invested in uninterruptible power supplies and back-up power generators • built secondary data centres and have access to recovery sites, and • held industry-wide exercises that included testing the response to and recovery from disruption to telecoms networks. To protect the integrity of IT systems and networks, the sector has worked with expert agencies to: • address vulnerabilities in the physical integrity of key systems • improve the security of information networks to cyber attack, and • complete personnel security checks. The sector has built resilience to short term disruption to energy and communications networks. However, like many sectors, lengthy or widespread disruption of these networks could pose significant challenges. Building Resilience 5. The sector will progress existing work to evaluate the impact of severe space weather on systems and networks, and the impacts from disruption to other essential services, in particular communications networks. In addition, in line with the Financial Policy Committee’s recommendation in June 2013, HM Treasury and the regulators are working with industry to test and improve the resilience of the sector to cyber attack.
  4. 4. UK national risk register 2015 – hazards and threats Low Medium Low Medium Medium High High 5 ‘catastrophic’ terrorist attacks Pandemic Influenza 4 Coastal flooding Widespread electricity failure 3 Major transport accidents Cyber attacks on infra-structure Major industrial accidents Effusive volcanic eruption (gas) Emerging infectious disease Inland flooding Terrorist attacks on infrastructure Smaller-scale terrorist CBR attacks Terrorist attacks on crowded places Severe space weather Heavy snow/ low temperatures Heatwaves Poor air quality events Terrorist attacks on transport systems 2 Public disorder Severe Wildfires Animal disease Drought Explosive volcanic eruption (ash) Storms/gales 1 Disruptive industrial action Cyber attacks – data confidentiality
  5. 5. Climate Change Risk Assessment

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